Information about laws and government action relating to the situation of orphans in the Russian Federation

Pity is the last thing Orphans Need! (In Russian)

If you can read Russian, this article from "Moskovskiye Novosti" wonderfully sums up many of the challanges faced in ROOF's work, and particularly makes the point that constancy is important in our volunteer efforts. What we are doing is building nurturing relationships, and that's a personal commitment to stick with those relationships, and not a hobby to pursue one year and drop the next! Happy reading.


Orphan numbers: dropping or not?

A Moscow Times article on 20th February, 2012, reports that according to a UNICEF study the number of Russian children living in orphanages remains stubbornly high, even as the Russian government attempts to reduce the number of orphanages.

Plans to enact Medvedev's promises

The Moscow Times today reports that "President Dmitry Medvedev has handed 28 orders to the government aimed at fulfilling promises on taxes, children's issues and eased bureaucracy that he made during his annual state-of-the-nation address, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

"Children's issues dominate the agenda, with 11 orders... and social adaptation programs will be introduced for young people emerging from orphanages.

Medvedev's comments on orphans

President Medvedev speaks about orphans and institutionalization in his "State of the Nation" speech on 30 November. Here is a short extract in English translation:

Federal Law No.48-F3 from 24 April 2008 on Guardianship (ob Opeke i Popechitelstve)

This law describes two legal forms of guardianship (Opeka and Popechitelstvo) in relation to minors and other citizens who have been ruled by court decision to be unable to care for themselves.

The law lays out the responsibilities of guardians and rights of the ward in the Russian Federation. (Law No. 48-F3 was published 30 April 2008, is effective in law as of 1 September 2008, was passed by the State Duma on 11 April 2008 and the Federation Council on 16 April 2008.)

Family Codex of the Russian Federation

The Family Codex of the Russian Federation is available online. Articles 18 through 22 of the Family Codex deal with the placement and care of children who have been left without parents to care for themHere you can read more information about legal forms of care (including adoption) for such children in the Russian Federation, as well as about the child's rights and the carer's responsibilities.

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